Philanthropy Essentials

Join us for this two-day training that gives attendees a greater understanding of the ins-and-outs of grantmaking.

 Start Date - End Date

August 21, 2019 - August 22, 2019

Early Bird Discount Deadline

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Registration Deadline

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

When: August 21-22, 2019 | Where: Durham Arts Council

Time: August 21, 8:00 am - 5:30 pm and August 22, 8:00 am - 4:30pm

Your Guide to Philanthropy in the 21st Century

The practice of philanthropy is vastly different from 20, 10 or even five years ago. Trends rise and fall, best practices are constantly refined, new technologies emerge, and research and data continue to tell us more and more about how and where to make an impact.

Whether you're new to a foundation or an established veteran, keeping up with these changes is critical to your success, both now and long-term. But it’s not something you can do on your own -- that's where SECF's Philanthropy Essentials comes in!

Philanthropy Essentials, which expands upon our previous Essential Skills & Strategies program, is led by an expert faculty who, over two days, will guide you through a newly redesigned curriculum that will leave you ready to make an impact.

The new Philanthropy Essentials curriculum includes modules on:

Philanthropy and the Southern Landscape

Navigating Legal & Ethical Issues

Nonprofit Finances & Due Diligence

Managing the Power Dynamic: Respectful & Meaningful Grantee Relationships

Managing the Grant Portfolio

Maximizing Impact with Large-Scale Strategies

Learning to Lead: Successful Strategies for Professional Development & Growth

This combination of information, experience and insight isn't available anywhere else! Whether you're just starting your career or looking to take your work to the next level, Philanthropy Essentials has what you need!

Join us August 21-22 in Durham, North Carolina, for the debut of Philanthropy Essentials -- register today!

Event Details:

$450 / SECF Members
$650 / Non-SECF Members
$550 / NCNG Members (who are not SECF Members)

Meals: Breakfast and lunch will be provided during both days of the program. Wednesday night dinner is on your own, but SECF will make a group reservation for those who are interested. We will also host a reception for attendees at the end of day 1.

Hotel: SECF has reserved a room block at The Durham Hotel for attendees staying overnight in Durham between August 20-22, 2019. It is a .3 mile (6 minute) walk from the hotel the Durham Arts Council where the program will be held. Preferred rates starting at $149.00/night have been secured at The Durham Hotel until Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

Hotel Amenities Included:

  • Classic continental breakfast
  • Evening turndown service
  • In-room bottled water & Burt’s Bees welcome gift
  • In-room coffee service by Counter Culture Coffee
  • Fiber connectivity and wireless internet access

Book your hotel room here or contact the hotel directly at 919-768-8830 and request a reservation under the Southeastern Council of Foundations Block.


For more information or questions regarding this event, please contact S.E. Spencer, SECF's programs & partnerships associate, at or at (404) 524-0911.

Registration Fees

Price Description Amount
Members of NCNG (Non-SECF Members) $550.00
SECF Member $450.00
SECF Non-Member $650.00

Optional Activities

  I will attend the group reception on August 21
Join fellow attendees and faculty for a reception after day one of the program.
  I will attend the Dutch-treat dinner on August 21
SECF will make a reservation for anyone interested in getting dinner together after the group reception for continued fellowship. The cost of dinner will be the responsibility of each attendee.


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Location Information

Durham Arts Council
120 Morris Street
Durham, NC 27701

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Refund and Cancelation Policy

If you wish to cancel your registration for this event, please contact S.E. Spencer at or by calling (404) 524-0911. If you cancel your registration 14 days or more before the event, you will receive a full refund, minus a $50 administrative fee. No refunds are available for cancelations made fewer than 14 days before the event. Registrations can be transferred to another person within your organization at no charge.

Use of Images

Photographs and video may be taken at this event for use by the Southeastern Council of Foundations in marketing materials, on our website, through social media and at future events. If you prefer your image not be used, please contact David Miller, director of marketing and communications, at